Charles Hang

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Xinyun "Charles" Hang
Noted subjects History
Current college Washington University in St. Louis (2010-2013; 2014-Present)
Past colleges St. Charles Community College (2010; 2014)
High school Francis Howell Central (2005-09)
Stats HDWhite • NAQT

Xinyun Hang (Charles Hang) is a member of the Washington University in St. Louis Quiz Bowl Team, which he led as president from Fall 2017 to Spring 2019. He founded the St. Charles Community College team and led it to win the 2010 Community College Championship Tournament. In high school, he played for Francis Howell Central.

He owns Olympia Academic Competition Questions, a question writing company, and writes for NAQT and NHBB. He was a member of the Missouri Quizbowl Alliance until his resignation in 2010.

Charles is also known for wearing a boutonniere and taking pictures at tournaments.


Middle School

Charles played on the Scholar Quiz Team of Saeger Middle School.

High School

Charles played for the Francis Howell Central Scholar Quiz Bowl team coached by Kathryn Keierleber from 2005 to 2009. He led the team to a t-27th place finish at the 2009 NAQT HSNCT.

Like many Missouri players such as Jason Mueller, Alex Dzurick, and Ikshu Neithaleth, Charles attended at the Missouri Scholars Academy (MSA), a gifted camp for Missouri's top rising juniors.

Around 2008, he came into conflict with the HSQB forum community, especially Matt Weiner, after describing some anti-MSHSAA criticism there as excessive. [1]

Charles ended his high school career by leading the 2009 Francis Howell Central team to a tie for 27th at the 2009 NAQT HSNCT. [2] He was the 23rd HSNCT All-Star, coming in 25th overall. [3]


Charles has been part of the Academic Team at Washington University in St. Louis since 2009, with the exception of the 2013-2014 season. He became the team's president in 2017 and was treasurer from 2010 to 2011. He also founded the team at St. Charles Community College and led it to win the 2010 CCCT.

St. Charles Community College

Because Charles was a student at both St. Charles Community College and WashU, Charles founded a Quiz Bowl team at SCC and won the 2010 Kansas CCSCT. This action was criticized because Charles was also taking classes at WUSTL in Spring 2010. NAQT decided that Charles's actions were permitted under NAQT's rules and that a player pursuing both four and two year degrees should have the opportunity to choose to play either CCSCT/CCCT or SCT/ICT. [4]

Charles went on to lead the St. Charles Community College team to win the 2010 Community College Championship Tournament, with the team going 11-1, where Charles was also the top scorer with 123.42 PP20TH. [5]

The week after the 2010 CCCT, Charles played solo at the 2010 Matt Cvijanovich Memorial Novice Tournament at Illinois, which also featured a high school open team that had styled itself the "Charles Hang School for College Players Who Club Baby Seals," with team members Dan Donohue, Nolan Winkler, and Ben Carbery playing as prominent community colleges Valencia, Chipola, and Northeast Alabama, respectively [6] - this team never had the opportunity to face Charles Hang because of his failure to make the top playoff bracket.

ACF Nationals Leading Scorer
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Itamar Naveh-Benjamin
Will Alston


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